Building Blocks to AAC Success: Blocks 1 and 2 - 3 hr

In Blocks 1 and 2 of Building Blocks to Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Success, participants will learn about the basics of speech and language development and how it relates to AAC, the importance of core and fringe vocabulary, the benefits of organizing vocabulary in such a way that motor plans for words can develop and best practice strategies for the communication partner. This foundational class will set the stage for AAC intervention that focuses on language acquisition and communication. In addition, participants will learn how to create the right learning environment and communication opportunities. While taking a client-centered approach, modeling, prompting and responding during AAC intervention will be reviewed. The class will conclude with some common signs of AAC success. Through demonstration, video and practice exercises, participants will learn about the fundamentals of AAC intervention. 
You do not need to bring an AAC device to this training.

This class is intended for anyone interested in learning about the fundamentals of AAC.

Fri, Mar 23, 2018
8:30am - 12:00pm
Local Time

      Dublin, Georgia / Laurens County Board of Education / Old West Laurens High School


Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
  • state the connections between early speech and language development and ACC
  • explain the difference between core and fringe vocabulary
  • describe why motor planning is critical to when organizing vocabulary and language on an AAC system
  • name three things a communication partner can do to help someone use and learn a communication device
  • select vocabulary targets and model on a communication device
  • name three types of prompts


5 minutes - Introduction and Housekeeping
15 minutes - Early Speech & Language Development and the Role of AAC
20 minutes - Vocabulary Selection: Core and Fringe Vocabulary
20 minutes - Motor Planning
20 minutes - Language System Review
10 minutes - Background of Best Practices
75 minutes - Best Practice Strategies for the Communication Partner
10 minutes - Signs of Success
5 minutes - Summary and Questions

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Jennifer Thomas, Ed.S., CCC-SLP

Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education in Speech Language Pathology from Valdosta State University. Prior to joining PRC in November 2016, Jennifer has served to build communicative competence for people in a variety of settings. Jennifer began her career as the only full time SLP in a rural school system. When Jennifer moved to Middle Georgia, she began working with infants and toddlers with communication and swallowing/feeding disorders through an early intervention program. She provided speech therapy in homes and daycare centers using a coaching model designed to enable parents to equip their children for success. Following that, Jennifer served as the Pediatric Director at a local private therapy practice. She treated clients with a variety of disorders while specializing in remediation of swallowing and feeding disorders in infants and children. After several years, Jennifer transitioned to serving students aged 3-21 in a local school system in Middle Georgia. Most recently, Jennifer served as the Speech Language Pathologist for the Assistive Technology Team for the same school district in Middle Georgia. In this position, she completed AAC evaluations, collaborated with school-based SLPs and teachers on low and high tech device implementation, and provided trainings for SLPs, teachers and families of students with complex communication needs. Throughout her career, Jennifer has worked to find innovative and creative low to high tech assistive technology solutions to build communication competence for all of her clients. Jennifer strives to enable individuals with communication needs and their teams to recognize their unique challenges, identify effective tools, and implement strategies that lead to communication success across environments.

Jennifer holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a state license in Speech-Language Pathology from the State of Georgia, and is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Division 12 (AAC Division).

Financial: Jennifer Thomas is a salaried employee of the Prentke Romich Company.
Non-Financial: Jennifer Thomas is an employee-owner of the Prentke Romich Company, holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from ASHA, a state license in Speech-Language Pathology from the State of Georgia, and is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Division 12 (AAC Division).



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Submission Deadlines

Live online classes:  Participants wanting ASHA CEUs must be registered, "join" the class through his/her unique confirmation email letter, participate for the entire duration of the class, and pass a post-test with 80% accuracy or higher. No partial credits will be submitted. Participants have 15 days to submit all ASHA paperwork to PRC. ASHA paperwork received after 15 days will not be accepted.

In-person classes:  All ASHA paperwork must be submitted to the presenter by the end of the training day.

ASHA Information

Participants wanting ASHA CEUs for a multiple day training must attend all days. In addition, if there is a registration fee associated with the class and payment is not received, PRC will not submit your request for ASHA CEUs.

An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register ASHA CEUs. ASHA CE Registry fees are paid by the participant directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071 ext. 8591 for CE Registry fee subscription information:

The Prentke Romich Company (PRC) licenses a patented technology that is in PRC products trademarked as Accent™, PRiO™, NuEye™, and NuPoint™, as well as software Unity®, Essence™, CoreScanner™, UNIDAD™, LAMP Words for Life™, and our Language Acquisition through Motor Planning™ (LAMP) approach. PRC also has registered two websites, Realize Language™ and AAC Language Lab™. Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products.

This presentation will focus exclusively on Accent, PRiO, NuEye, NuPoint, Unity, CoreScanner, Essence, UNIDAD, LAMP Words for Life, Realize Language, or AAC Language Lab and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices or software.

Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of the Prentke Romich Company. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.


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